Hand-Foot Syndrome

Known by some as palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia or chemotherapy-induced acral erythema, hand-foot syndrome is a skin reaction that sometimes occurs during certain types of chemotherapy and appears on the palms of the hand and the soles of the feet. Typical symptoms include redness, swelling, tingling, burning, and sensitivity to touch. More severe symptoms can present as well, such as skin tightness and callus formation, cracked and peeling skin, blisters and sores, as well as overall pain.

Some types of chemotherapy are more likely to cause this side-effect than others. There are ways to reduce the chances of developing hand-foot syndrome and managing its symptoms, including:

  • Avoid exposure to scalding water when washing dishes, showering, or bathing
  • Don't rub your skin with a towel after bathing
  • Avoid pressure on the soles of the feet or the palms of the hands
  • Avoid using tools or other utensils that require you to squeeze tightly
  • Avoid exposure to the sun
  • Avoid contact with harsh chemicals such as laundry detergents or cleaning products
  • Elevate your hands and feet
  • Gently apply moisturizing creams that are non-irritating
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes
  • Cool your feet with Icy Feet

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Who Can Benefit?

Anyone who experiences foot pain can benefit from using the Icy Feet cold pack, including those who spend a lot of time on their feet, athletes, and individuals with foot ailments such as plantar fasciitis or bone spurs.

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